Honeywell (Booth 487) is at EBACE 2013 exhibiting a fully functioning mock-up of its Ovation Select cabin management system (CMS) and the company is also highlighting a number of avionics upgrades.
All digital and full HD, Ovation Select is scalable and customizable so it can be retrofitted to any business jet, according to its promoters. Honeywell recently completed the first delivery to the Middle East of Ovation Select on a BBJ, and it is currently fitting the system on TAG Aviation’s new Bombardier Global 6000, in partnership with Jet Aviation St. Louis. Delivery of the aircraft is expected in 2014.
In another CMS development, operators flying Honeywell’s legacy Ovation C-Series CMS can now take advantage of a new system refresh that brings full video and audio HD to their cabins.
With Honeywell’s avionics, show discount pricing is offered for upgrades to the avionics suite in Cessna’s Citation X, including FMS 6.1, satcom and the newly EASA-certified Primus Elite glass cockpit and SmartLanding and SmartRunway safety upgrades.
Honeywell’s FMS 6.1 was recently EASA certified on the Global Express, adding Waas LPV capability. Honeywell also expects EASA certification for the Citation X, Falcon 900EX and Gulfstream GIV/GV in 2013.
This quarter, Honeywell expects the completion of the first Dassault Falcon 2000EX and Falcon 7X retrofits with the EASy II flight deck. Both retrofits are being completed by Dassault Falcon Service (DFS) and will be operated by Sirio and Planair, respectively.
Another improvement in Honeywell-equipped cockpits may be the addition of the Astro-Med ToughWriter 5 cockpit printer, the two companies claim. They have signed a long-term manufacturing and product life-cycle support agreement to make the printer available for Primus Epic and other Honeywell business aviation and regional air transport cockpits. The printer will thus soon be available for forward-fit and retrofit on Embraer 170/190, Gulfstream GIV/V/450/550 and Dassault Falcon 900/2000/7X types.
Astro-Med and Honeywell claim the ToughWriter 5 is “more than five pounds lighter than the current non-Honeywell printers installed in Primus Epic cockpits.” Replacement time is estimated to 10 minutes. Printing speed is five seconds per page and, in high-quality mode, resolution is 300 by 600 dpi.
For satellite communications hardware (either Iridium or Inmarsat), Honeywell has appointed Paris-based Eclipse as a distributor in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Eclipse’s engineering team will support customers “from design and installation to aftermarket support.” Eclipse’s relationship with Inmarsat will also allow the former firm to sell Honeywell-developed hardware that will connect to Inmarsat’s upcoming GX Aviation network for “fast, global in-flight Wi-Fi.”